David Wieczorek redshirted his first season at Pepperdine, but a year later he is an integral part of the Pepperdine men's volleyball team, averaging 2.76 kills and 0.49 aces per set. A Chicago native, he knew he wanted to come to Pepperdine as soon as he began playing volleyball. Wieczorek discusses his experiences on the team and the excitement of competing as a college athlete.
Q: What was it like to redshirt last year?
A: It was tough to redshirt, but it ended up being one of the best things I could have done. I got the opportunity to train for a year under the best coaches in the nation without sacrificing a year of eligibility.
Q: Did you know you were going to step onto the court this season and become such an influential player?
A: At the end of the day, Coach (Marv) Dunphy decides who plays and who doesn't. I trained hard over the summer, during the fall training block, and even spent hours in the gym on Christmas Eve and Christmas with my dad to get where I am at currently. I focused on working hard both on and off the court to play this season. The hard work and countless hours I have put in are paying off. However, I keep training hard every day to keep improving my game. I'm thankful for Coach Dunphy giving me the opportunity to start here at Pepperdine.
Q: What is it like to compete at this level?
A: It is amazing. I love the high level of competition and intensity in every match. There is no such thing as an easy match or easy practice at this level.
Q: What do you love most about playing for Pepperdine?
A: I love playing for Coach Dunphy and the program. Playing at Pepperdine is a dream come true. Ever since I discovered college volleyball, I knew that I wanted to come to Pepperdine.
Q: How do you like playing for such a legendary coach?
A: I love playing for Coach Dunphy. He is the reason I came to Pepperdine and he is continuing to make me both a better player and a better person. He is a genuine person and an amazing coach. Marv has had a huge impact on my life.
Q: Give us a Marv Dunphy story!
A: My favorite memory of Marv is when he told one of our players last year, "golden retrievers make good dogs, not blockers."
Q: How is the balance between college athletics and academics?
A: It is tough at times, but I work hard in the classroom to get good grades. However, being a student-athlete can sometimes throw a curve ball at you. Last semester, our weights schedule changed, and I had to run from the weight room to the SAC in under five minutes every day except Wednesday. At the end of the day, I'm proud of being a scholar-athlete, and I plan to continue being one for the rest of my time here at Pepperdine.
Q: What is your favorite moment from this season so far?
A: My favorite moment of the season has to be upsetting Hawaii at home. That was an awesome experience.